To our valued Suppliers, Customers and Associates;
Another year is drawing to a close, soon the Holidays will be in full swing. As I spend time with my family and friends this holiday season, I would be remiss to not thank each of you for your contribution to our success.
2016 has been a year marked by expansions at Skidmore. As I write this, construction crews are putting the finishing touches on our newly expanded re-packing facility. Cranes are high in the air, setting the steel framework for our office expansion. Fork trucks are powering through the new warehouse space that was finished in March. The buzz of Skidmore employees working to complete customer orders fills the air. I can’t help but marvel at what, together, we have achieved, and what is in store for the New Year.
By the end of November, we will have shipped more product from our facility than the entire year before. It is impressive to think that year after year, we have consistently maintained a 97% or better perfect order rate. This means 97% of orders arrived on time, in-full, with no errors, and with complete documentation. While our results are good, we are always striving to be better!
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that by 2035 global food demand will rise by 35%. I would like to recognize our suppliers for continually providing the high quality products our customers, and ultimately, consumers demand. Your dedication to continuous improvement and product innovation will clear the path to meet the growing universal demand.
Our customers dedicate themselves to imagining, innovating, and improving the foods we eat each day. This holiday season, it is you who will make the pumpkin pie even more devine, and the green bean casserole even more decadent than the year before! It is a pleasure to be a partner with each of you. We are thankful for your continued loyalty. Skidmore remains committed to providing the ingredients and solutions that will help grow your business for years to come!
I am proud to be part of the vision my Father, Jerry Skidmore, had for this business more than 50 years ago. I am proud of the customer-centric legacy he built. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our employees who embrace this legacy each and every day. You go above and beyond to make sure customer orders are complete and correct. To our suppliers and customers, I am proud of the lasting relationships we have built over the years. Together, we will continue to imagine and innovate food ingredient solutions that will meet the rising food demand of the future.
I am excited to look to 2017 and the opportunities it will bring to all of us.
Thank you! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!